Meals on Wheels, Array, Microsoft, partner up to increase efficiency
Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne won a Microsoft grant last year to move from a paper tracking system to a digital one. Phase 1 and 2 of the Microsoft grant’s aims were to secure the Meals on Wheels thrift store and create a scan pricing system, replace the paper tracking system, update the technological infrastructure and buy a new accounting program.
To accomplish those goals, Meals on Wheels was able to purchase 10 computers and two servers, and now has a solid file storage and cloud backup system, according to a news release.
Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne often makes one main dish and 20 different alternatives, catering to the nutritional needs and likes/dislikes of their clients. The organization used to manually highlight nutritional instructions for 32 routes and anywhere from 260-270 people a day. Now that highlighting is done via the computer programs.
The computer systems are also important for fundraising. The meals usually cost the organization $10-$12 each, but the clients are charged $0-$4.25 on a sliding scale. Donations and fundraising make up the difference, and now holiday mailings and donor tracking is much easier for the staff.
Phase 3 is now in progress to design an online app for route, customer cancellations and meal tracking. The project involves both Microsoft and the Array School of Technology, and is in design and development.
Business Council board to hold special meeting Wednesday afternoon
The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors will hold a special meeting by teleconference at 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss new rules for some of its programs; hear a report from the Business Resource Network advisory committee and preview an amendment to the agency’s contract with the network; and consider nominations for 2020 board officers.
The public is welcome to attend by visiting https://register.goto webinar.com/register/5384404 500794879501.
The full agenda can be found online at http://wyomingbusiness.org/boardbook.
Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Vice President Stephanie Meisner-Maggard completed the national Talent Pipeline Management certification in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25. The certification identifies Meisner-Maggard as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce TPM Practitioner, which allows the Cheyenne Chamber to administer the program across Wyoming. TPM practitioners introduce workforce solutions to assist businesses facing labor market challenges.
The TPM program was piloted in Laramie County, and, after Meisner-Maggard’s recent certification, can now be expanded across the state. Wyoming is just one of 28 states containing a certified TPM practitioner. Each practitioner utilizes the program’s data-driven process to centralize resources and align labor market efforts. Information gathered is then used to examine areas of improvement and develop long-term workforce solutions. The program requires participation by policymakers, employers, government entities and educational institutions.